UCCS Human Services Program Philosophy & Mission

UCCS Human Services Program Philosophy

The UCCS Human Services program philosophy is structured around four interrelated components: (1) modern theoretical foundations for interpersonal effectiveness, (2) culturally responsive and effective strategies for intervention, and social justice advocacy, (3) research and evaluation methods, (4) development and demonstration of skills in human services intervention strategies through experiential coursework and field experience. The program centers its curriculum around a holistic approach to human services and endeavors to develop practitioners who are prepared to create positive change at the individual, community, and systems levels. The program values the impact our graduates will make as they serve our unique and diverse communities. 

UCCS Human Services Program Mission Statement

The mission of the UCCS Human Services program is to prepare a competent human services workforce. The program is committed to excellence in serving our community by meeting the demands for ethical human services professionals in the following areas: military and veteran support, substance use and recovery, rehabilitative services, student affairs in higher education, and social and emotional wellness. The program strives to prepare graduates with the awareness, knowledge, skills, and advocacy competencies necessary to thrive as human services professionals that are committed to lifelong learning. We promote student-centered learning that emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion through accessible curriculum and supportive relationships with faculty. Through faculty advising we guide our students in self-discovery and career development. Students engage in experiential learning through high quality fieldwork and rigorous curriculum. These strategies prepare students for gainful employment and relevant certifications that will empower them to be an integral part of change in the lives of others.

What is Human Services?

The field of Human Services is broadly defined yet focuses on the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base and demonstration of effective human relationship skills which address client, project, agency, and/or organizational goals. The Human Services profession is one that promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. Services are provided during prevention, intervention, and remediation phases depending upon the goals of a particular organization.

The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong moral commitment to serving others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others and critical thinking, adaptive problem solving, and communication skills allowing them to understand various perspectives or views are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. The Human services program is designed to meet the standards and competencies outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)

Areas of Emphasis

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services has six emphasis areas. Students may select one of the five distinct emphasis areas or declare a general focus in place of an emphasis:

Six Human Services Emphasis

  1. Human Services with a Substance Use & Recovery Emphasis
  2. Human Services with a Military & Veteran Support Emphasis
  3. Human Services with a Rehabilitative Services Emphasis
  4. Human Services with a Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Emphasis
  5. Human Services with a Social & Emotional Wellness Emphasis
  6. Human Services with a General Emphasis

    Students who elect the general track in place of a distinct emphasis will choose a course from each emphasis area (5 courses) plus an upper level COUN or LEAD elective of choice (1 course) to obtain the 18-credit-hour requirement. 

Download the Bachelor of Arts in Human PDF here: The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services.pdf